Lewis Hamilton tops opening Brazil practice

Published on 11 Nov 2016 14:29

Lewis Hamilton topped the opening practice session for the Brazilian Grand Prix, lapping the Autódromo José Carlos Pace in One minute, 11.895 seconds, just under a tenth of a second faster than Max Verstappen.

The Brit, sporting a special Senna-inspired helmet for this weekend, was two spots ahead of team mate and championship rival Nico Rosberg who was third fastest.

Daniel Ricciardo was fourth fastest for Red Bull Racing, with Valtteri Bottas, celebrating being retained by Williams for 2017, completing the top five.

Sergio Perez was sixth, one spot ahead of team mate Nico Hulkenberg.

Felipe Massa was eighth fastest in what is the first session of his final home Grand Prix, while the Ferrari duo Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen rounded out the top 10, despite a late spin for the German.

The Toro Rosso pair Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat were next up, ahead of the McLarens of Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso.

Romain Grosjean was 15th fastest for Haas, reportedly testing new brake material following a spate of failures.

The second Brazilian driver on the grid, Felipe Nasr, was 16th fastest, ahead of Sauber team mate Marcus Ericsson, Esteban Ocon, Jolyon Palmer and Pascal Wehrlein.

Free practice drivers Charles Leclerc for Haas and Renault's Sergey Sirotkin completed the field.

Sirotkin's session ended earlier than expected due to a technical problem.

11 November 2016 - Grand Prix of Brazil - Free practice 1
  Driver Team Time Difference #
1. GB Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:11.895 32
2. NL Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing 1:11.991 +0.096 29
3. DE Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:12.125 +0.230 26
4. AU Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 1:12.371 +0.476 27
5. FI Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:13.129 +1.234 36
6. MX Sergio Perez Force India 1:13.289 +1.394 31
7. DE Nico Hülkenberg Force India 1:13.293 +1.398 33
8. BR Felipe Massa Williams 1:13.318 +1.423 33
9. DE Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:13.567 +1.672 24
10. FI Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:13.569 +1.674 26
11. ES Carlos Sainz jr Toro Rosso 1:13.711 +1.816 22
12. RU Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:14.090 +2.195 15
13. GB Jenson Button McLaren 1:14.252 +2.357 27
14. ES Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:14.296 +2.401 26
15. FR Romain Grosjean Haas F1 1:14.507 +2.612 25
16. BR Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:14.631 +2.736 21
17. SE Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:14.654 +2.759 23
18. FR Esteban Ocon Manor F1 1:14.827 +2.932 30
19. GB Jolyon Palmer Renault 1:14.908 +3.013 32
20. DE Pascal Wehrlein Manor F1 1:14.948 +3.053 32
21. MC Charles Leclerc Haas F1 1:15.391 +3.496 27
22. RU Sergey Sirotkin Renault 1:15.800 +3.905 10
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